The flute-playing Legend, now retired from The Moody Blues, turns 65 today! The Moody Blues and the Rolling Stones are the only two bands I can think of that have been a functioning touring band long enough to have a founding member retire. I went to see this band a lot mostly in the 90s. Huge fan, to say the least. Still a fan, but I don't follow their schedule anymore.
Here's a pic of Ray and the Moody Blues waaaaay back when, before the golden-haired Hayward boy joined the band.
From left: Graeme Edge, Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, and Clint Warwick.